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Around North Hagerstown

June 27, 2006

Blue skies and fireflies

Yes, it is now truly and officially summer - the temperature and breezes are balmier, the skies are that characteristic brilliant robin- egg blue dotted with puffy and cheerful cotton ball-like clouds, and the fireflies are finally making their yearly seasonal return to the humid evening twilight hours.

I hope you are enjoying the many fine seasonal treats we've been fortunate to experience lately!

TOPS #77

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Group #77 meets every Monday at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. Weigh-in is set for 7:30 a.m., exercise at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. There is a planned program every week and all visitors are welcome to attend. For information, call 301-791-4909, 301-739-6267 or 1-717-597-8747.

Story times at University Plaza

Venture downtown with the kids on Wednesday, June 28 to enjoy the wondrous storytelling magic of Acting Accordingly/New World Theater Company at 10 a.m. at University Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

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On Wednesday, July 5 at 10 a.m. Niki Perini will present "A Journey of Dreams." A different storytelling performance is planned every Wednesday morning through Wednesday, Aug. 2. So bring a blanket and enjoy the fun!

The events, sponsored by the Washington County Arts Council, are free and open to the public and will take place rain or shine. For more information call 301-791-3132 or log on to www.washingtoncountyarts.com

Gospel music concert

Reunion performs at the City Park band shell in Hagerstown at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28.

A tradition that started in 1978 when Pastor Tom Evans was inspired to establish this weekly summer showcase of the region's rich gospel musical heritage. For more information, call 301-797-8533. The concert is sponsored by the Washington County Arts Council.

University Plaza party

University Plaza in downtown Hagerstown is the setting for a series of Thursday lunchtime concerts, free and open to the public beginning at noon. The weekly "Plaza Party" - presented by the Washington County Arts Council in partnership with the City of Hagerstown - will feature a variety of musical entertainment, including bluegrass, blues, and classic rock. On Thursday, June 29, enjoy the sounds of Cheers! For details, call 301-791-3132.

City Farmers' Market

Rise and shine with the summer sun on Saturday, July 1, and journey out to Hagerstown City Farmers' Market, 25 W. Church St. The market opens at 5 a.m. and offers a tempting variety of fresh, seasonal home-grown produce, meats, eggs, home-baked goods and candies, and beautifully made crafts. So stop by for breakfast or lunch and take home lunch or dinner. For details, log on to www.hagerstownmarket.org.

Market in the Square

Journey to Hagerstown's Public Square on Monday, July 3, for the festive Market in the Square from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors from Hagerstown City Farmers Market will bring their wonderful produce, foods, and crafts outdoors to the Square. Rain date is Friday, Aug. 4. For more information, call 301.739.8577, ext. 183 or log on to www.hagerstownmarket.org

Mile-Long Yard Sale

It's that time again, yard sale lovers: the 27th Annual Mile Long Yard Sale will be held Tuesday, July 4 beginning at 7 a.m. in the areas of Paradise Drive, Woodhaven, Sharon Drive, Longridge, Paradise Church Drive, and Longmeadow Road. You will find all kinds of items for sale, including household goods, children's items, clothing, tools, and more! For details, contact event coordinator Dick Strobl at 301-797-1129.

Yard sale etiquette

Speaking of the annual 4th of July Yard Sale, it is quite a favorite of people, not only locally, but of those who come from miles away. I received the following list of requests from neighbors who live in Paramount regarding yard sale etiquette and they kindly asked that I place it in the column:

"We, as neighbors in the Longmeadow Road area, would ask you to enjoy yourselves at the sale, but to please be mindful that you are actually in a residential area. Please do not throw your trash in people's yards. Please do not walk through the yards of people who are not participating in the sale. Please do not pick our flowers! Please do not block our driveways or entrances to garages of people who live in the area. Please remember that this is a holiday and when you get out of your car at 6 a.m. and begin shouting, please be mindful that people may be trying to sleep in."

Hagerstown Lioness Club

The Hagerstown Lioness Club will meet Thursday, July 6, in the Grand Venice Hotel Ballroom, 431 Dual Highway. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be B. Marie Byers, interim director and president of the Board of Directors of Discovery Station in Hagerstown, Inc. and Leslie Hobbs, board member and grant manager, also of Discovery Station. Their topic will be the Discovery Station at Hagerstown.

All guest reservations and all cancellations must be made no later than Monday evening, July 3, by calling the attendance chair at 301-790-0913. Guests are welcome.

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